The Q&A Archives: Origin Of Sugar Snap Pea

Question: Isn't the sugar snap pea a variety developed in this century that was a prize-winner for a home gardener?

Answer: To answer your question we need to lay a little groundwork. The Oriental edible pod pea or Chinese Pod Pea is also known as Snow Pea and Sugar Pea. These are flat-podded peas which are hand picked and are available fresh or as a frozen vegetable and used in Oriental dishes.

A relatively new type of pod pea known as the Sugar Snap Pea was developed in the U.S.A. by Dr. C. Lamborn of Gallatin Valley Seed Co. (now Rogers NK Seed Co.). It is finding increasing popularity in the home garden since its introduction in 1979. All are round-podded similar to standard pea pods in appearance, but more fleshy and free from pod-wall fiber when mature; some are also stringless. Bush and pole types are also available. Only the bush-stringless type is used by the processing industry, since these can be machine harvested. These peas can also be purchased fresh or as a processed specialty vegetable and used in traditional cooking.

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